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    My wife has a gen2 dci duster with the auto gearbox, it's a bloody amazing vehicle. The gearbox is obviously not as smooth as my auto amarok, but it's still excellent, uses the power from engine perfectly. I would and have recommended it to anyone. I dare you to get better at the price point, bought new for 300k.

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    If they only made the 4wd in that auto box......

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouisXander View Post
    I will not buy a Duster with 100000km plus.
    On the Indian site, one Duster owner has over 175k kms in just over 44 months. I think you just had a dud.
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    Need to reluctantly replace my Prado with a more economical 4x4...Looking for something capable...not looking to do any hard core...Sand mostly..Botswana, kgalagadi..Moz...Looking at Duster, FL2, X Trail...
    Appreciate your guys informed comments..

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    Renault owns 40% of Nissan. The 1.5 dCi motor can be found in several manufacturers' vehicles: Merc, Volvo, Dacia, Renault and Nissan (ex. X Trail).

    Being lighter, the Duster does very well in sand. I managed to beat a Fortuner up the dunes in Atlantis. From the stock 215/65, you can go to the 9.3% wider 235/60 without any problems. If you lift it, you have many more tyre options available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Dassie View Post
    Renault owns 40% of Nissan. The 1.5 dCi motor can be found in several manufacturers' vehicles: Merc, Volvo, Dacia, Renault and Nissan (ex. X Trail).

    Being lighter, the Duster does very well in sand. I managed to beat a Fortuner up the dunes in Atlantis. From the stock 215/65, you can go to the 9.3% wider 235/60 without any problems. If you lift it, you have many more tyre options available.
    When it comes to serious 4x4, you should try an aftermarket rear locker and/or a front LSD, tune-up the engine, lift by 25 to 30mm and go with 235/70R16 (like Bridgestone Dullers A/T) or if you are not afraid to mod a little more the front wheel arches, go with the versatile 245/70R16 + 10mm wheel spacers.
    The 245/70R16's are the same size the Nissans, Amaroks and Fords come out with. But the Duster is only 3/4 of the weight. On sand you'll be king and turn heads wherever you go. Of course, you must know how to drive on sand to begin with.
    My Duster has only 5.000KM on the clock and I will wait a little before going "all out" with the mods
    Keep in mind though, a modified Duster has disadvantages too! (Reliability) On the Duster even heavy modifications are fairly cheap and most people can afford them but such modifications should only be recommended to drivers who know and understand the mechanics. A broken 4x4 is worse off than a functioning 2x4
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruiser View Post
    Need to reluctantly replace my Prado with a more economical 4x4...Looking for something capable...not looking to do any hard core...Sand mostly..Botswana, kgalagadi..Moz...Looking at Duster, FL2, X Trail...
    Appreciate your guys informed comments..
    One important thing to consider with these vehicles in sand is the duration of time you intend to spend on a particular excursion.

    The 4WD switches off when pushed hard for extended periods, because they get hot, which can get you stuck. Then you have to wait until they cool down. The FL2 particularly, but the Duster is also susceptible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junky View Post
    One important thing to consider with these vehicles in sand is the duration of time you intend to spend on a particular excursion.

    The 4WD switches off when pushed hard for extended periods, because they get hot, which can get you stuck. Then you have to wait until they cool down. The FL2 particularly, but the Duster is also susceptible.
    Are you the same XJ Junky that owned a Duster, but also officiated at the Atlantis Dunes?
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    Yes Dassie thatís me

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    Welcome back
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    But Y?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Dassie View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gomario View Post
    25 to 30mm and go with 235/70R16 (like Bridgestone Dullers A/T) or if you are not afraid to mod a little more the front wheel arches, go with the versatile 245/70R16 + 10mm wheel spacers.
    Those tyre sizes will decrease torque by up to 10%. So thatís a 24 Nm loss. Not wise.

    235/60 R16 is the same overall diameter but 10% wider. So power isnít sacrificed but grip is increased. They are very effective

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    My concern with going 10% wider is the decrease in fuel consumption from the increase in road friction. The 235/70 is also 9.3% wider, but is 7% taller than OEM. The 225/75 is 8% taller, but just 4.7% wider and is one of the tyres Mudster uses as well as being a popular size across many brands.

    Taller tyres are an easy method for improving ground clearance.

    If you lift the vehicle before increasing the tyre size, one shouldn't have liner fouling problems. One needs to remember that more ground is being covered with larger wheels and fuel consumption calculations need to consider this.

    I'm well above a 10% improvement in OEM torque.
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    If you lift a Duster then you bought the wrong car.

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    It actually looks quite good if you do.

    Adding the V8 engine upgrades it to "very" good.

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    haha - I had to replace the shocking shockers anyway and it looks so awesome. The spring mounts are higher - that's all. The replacements are competent in handling the higher centre of gravity, which I would never have trusted with the OEM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junky View Post
    If you lift a Duster then you bought the wrong car.
    Some okes do weird things...especially with their money
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    less than the price of shockers and springs and I've got top rated Bilstein now.
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    I went for a spin in this. But itís not even close to stock.

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